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EVENTS FOR THE DISABLED

Western New York Collegiate Consortium of Disabilities Advocates is offering College Planning Night for students with learning disabilities from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the University at Buffalo Center for Tomorrow. To register, call 851-1833.

The Preschool Learning Center of the League for the Handicapped, 393 North St., Springville, offers educational, therapeutic and evaluation services to children from birth through age 8 with special needs. Outreach to families and parent support groups are ongoing. For information, call 592-9331.

People Inc. offers respite services for families who may need a break from the demands of caring for a family member with a developmental disability:

Extended Family Respite enables families to receive short-term respite from friends, relatives, neighbors or baby sitters. People Inc. reimburses these providers.

Late Afternoon Respite provides quality after-school or late-afternoon care from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for children 12 or older.

Respite House is located in Amherst and offers planned or emergency on-site care, by the hour or overnight, for people with developmental disabilities who are older than 12. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Respite Opportunities is held from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Orchard Park and the Town of Tonawanda offering activities such as music, dancing, cooking and movies for children 12 or older. For more information about People Inc. respite programs, call 882-6791.

Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers offers programs in Buffalo and Erie County to assist individuals with a mental illness or developmental disability. Call for information about the following services or on the Web at www.bfnc.org:

Case Management Services: Regular visitation, advocacy, service linkages and follow-up for adults 18 and over. From supportive to intensive services based on individual need. Call 885-2393.

Residential Services: Licensed group homes, supportive apartments and a support housing program. Services include daily living skills training, medication management, crisis intervention, service linkages and follow-up. Call 852-5065.

"Do Drop In" Social Club, 292 High St.: Night and weekend peer support, meals and activities for adults 18 and over. Call 882-4637 after 4 p.m. or 885-2393 daytime.

Senior Day Training Program, 76 Orange St.: Promotes quality of life for mentally ill or developmentally disabled adults ages 50 and over. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individual service planning, group activities, community outings, transportation, hot lunch daily. Call 856-0363.

Medicaid Service Coordination: Linkages provided for health, vocational, social and other community services. Home visits, advocacy and follow-up. Open to adults with developmental disabilities age 18 and over. Also, financial assistance for families caring for a child with a developmental disability. Call 885-2393.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, 452 Delaware Ave., offers these programs:

Community settings for individuals with developmental disabilities. Housing, habilitation, employment, budgeting, parenting and senior citizens programs are provided to facilitate independent living. Individualized case management services and a referral hotline (Project COACH) coordinate services and provide information. Call 883-8888.

Project SAFE (a service to survivors of domestic violence) a confidential shelter, offers families the safety and support they need in a time of crisis through a comprehensive program of counseling, advocacy and social work services. Call, 877-1111, Ext. 25.

Dual diagnosis programs include Assertive Community Treatment for individuals who have a developmental disability with challenging behaviors and individuals who have developmental and mental illness. Call 883-8888, Ext. 183.

Day Habilitation Program to provide structured, highly individualized day services for people who have been unsuccessful in other day programs because of challenging behavior or the symptoms of their dual diagnosis. Call 883-8888, Ext. 183.

Niagara United Cerebral Palsy, 9812 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, offers a variety of services for individuals with all types of developmental disabilities in Niagara County that include:

A children's recreation program (ages 3-10) is available on weekends and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Call 284-6441.

Diagnostic and treatment services (all ages). Call 297-1478.

Educational services (birth to age 5). For hours of operation, call 297-1478. Information also is available online at: www.ucpaofniagara.com.

Heritage Centers offers a wide variety of services to developmentally disabled individuals of all ages and their families. For information, call 856-4201, Ext. 202.

Parent to Parent at 1200 East & West Road, West Seneca, offers one-to-one emotional support to parents who have a child with a disability. The support is provided by trained volunteer parents who have a child with the same or similar disability. For information on resources in the area, support groups and specific disabilities or to talk to another parent or volunteer to be a support parent, call 517-3448 or (800) 305-8813, e-mail lblum98@yahoo.com or Web site at www.parenttoparentnys.org.

Technology Related Assistance for Individuals With Disabilities, from the New York State Office of Advocate has open a satellite office in Angelica and will serve Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. The project provides statewide coordination of assistive technology activities for people with disabilities, fosters development of state and federal policies, provides information, referral, training and technical assistance, advocacy on how to access and use assistive technology devices and services. For information, call 446-3980 or by e-mail at: mdaford@aol.com.

People Home Health Care Services in Western New York is the only licensed and certified home health care agency specializing in meeting the needs of people with developmental disabilities. People with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families who reside in Erie and Niagara counties can benefit from Home Health services. Services include intermittent skilled nursing; private duty nursing; home health aide and personal care aide services; physical, occupational and speech therapy; nutrition; and medical social work. For information, call 874-5600.

Epilepsy Association of Western New York, 339 Elmwood Ave., is offering comprehensive job search assistance: including assessment, resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, job coaching, transportation for interviews and other job search activities. For information, call 883-5936.

The Early Childhood Direction Center provides information and referral to parents and professionals on the needs of developmentally disabled children to age 5. It serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. In Erie County, call 878-7282; all other counties, call toll-free (800) 462-7653.

The Advocacy Center in Rochester offers developmentally disabled Genesee County residents and their families case advocacy. For information, call Ann Scherff at 768-9690 or write to P.O. Box 277, Le Roy, N.Y., 14482.

Autistic Services operates a full-year school, adult services, vocational training, recreation, respite and family support programs and administers its seven community residences from 200 Bryant & Stratton Way in Clarence. For information, call 631-5777 or (888) 288-4764.

Items for "Events for the Disabled" may be submitted by fax, 856-5150, or by mail to Dominic Catalano, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240. Or call 849-4489.

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